Coyotes Tracks - March 13th, 2012 - The Wait Is Almost Over

PHOENIX, AZ - MAY 12: Justin Upton #10 and teammate Stephen Drew #6 of the Arizona Diamondbacks wear Phoenix Coyotes Beat LA Whiteout t-shirt during batting practice prior to a game against the San Francisco Giants at Chase Field on May 12, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Arizona Diamondbacks organization wore the shirts in support of the Phoenix Coyotes who are playing the Los Angeles Kings in the 2012 NHL Western Conference Finals. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Hey everyone its Mother's Day, happy Mother's Day to all the mothers who read the blog. I would say happy Mother's Day to my Mom, but she doesn't read this blog. Anyways the wait is almost over, later tonight the Phoenix Coyotes will playing Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against the Los Angeles Kings. The final round has been set, and the Hockey Gods decided that the finals are going to division rivals, the Yotes will be playing the Kings in the West and the New York Rangers will be taking on the New Jersey Devils in the East. The NHL also released the times and dates for the finals yesterday.

Down below we have some links for Coyotes news (there was a fair amount of Coyotes stories being published on the internet yesterday), and some news from around the hockey world.

Coyotes News

CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - Hockey - NHL Play Offs Quick, Smith share minor-league bond
Canada, Sports news, scores, stats, features and more in Canada and abroad from SLAM! Sports

2012 Stanley Cup playoffs - Phoenix Coyotes' Ray Whitney still going strong - ESPN
As the Coyotes get set to host the Los Angeles Kings in their Western Conference finals opener Sunday night, Whitney has become an even more important player off the ice, Pierre LeBrun writes.

D-backs show their support for Coyotes | dbacks.com: News
D-backs players wore T-shirts during batting practice on Saturday that showcased their support for the Phoenix Coyotes, who play the Los Angeles Kings in the NHL's Western Conference finals beginning Sunday.

Phoenix Coyotes' Jason LaBarbera awed by Mike Smith's big journey
LaBarbera regularly leans over the bench, absorbing the action, and when his red cap is bobbing back and forth, he's feeling the anxiety that comes with being a spectator.

No Aucoin for Phoenix in Game 1 | ProHockeyTalk
Veteran blueliner won't play in the Western Conference finals opener. Luckily the Yotes are used to playing without key defensemen.

2012 Stanley Cup - Troubled Coyotes Are in Western Finals - NYTimes.com
The Yotes have had some problems in the past, understatement of the century, but through it all they have been finding ways to win. Hockey the hard way.

Coyotes, Kings feed off captains Shane Doan, Dustin Brown – USATODAY.com
The story isn't just Quick and Smith, its also Doan and Brown.

Coyote funny: Doan, Smith bring jokes before Game 1 - NHL - Sporting News
The guys are relaxed.

Coyotes' Shane Doan savours rare opportunity - CBC Sports
A look at Doan's career and a list of the twelve 35+ guys still left in the playoffs as of Saturday.

Coyotes-Kings storylines - CBC Sports
CBC's Tim Wharnsby with what to watch for in the series and a prediction.

Well-Rested Coyotes Ready to Get Back on Ice - Phoenix Coyotes - Features
The Coyotes have been resting for 6 days and they are ready to play some hockey.

Hockey finally gets moment in the sun | AZ Central
Hockey is finally getting a moment in the spotlight in Arizona.

Q&A with Phoenix Coyotes' Gilbert Brule | AZ Central
Gilbert Brule talks about hockey, music, and living in the valley.

Intensity between divisional rivals Phoenix Coyotes, Los Angeles Kings taken up a notch | AZ Central
The Pacific Division proved to be harder than was previously estimated as two of its teams will be in the finals.

Phoenix Coyotes prepare for 'bad blood' vs. Los Angeles Kings | AZ Central
Coyotes players prepare for bad blood to come out in the finals against LA.

Wayne Gretzky's presence felt in Western Conference finals | AZ Central
Gretzky made an impact on both teams in the Western Conference Finals.

Coyotes are "finally" a front-page story in Arizona | ProHockeyTalk
Good to see we are front page news for all the right reasons.

Kings v Coyotes WCF Preview (Part 2 -- Possession) - Jewels From The Crown
Fancystats for the series.

Jonathan Quick vs. Mike Smith in the battle for Stanley Cup Final, Conn Smythe | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Mike Smith finds himself in a second straight goalie duel. He had no problems with the last one.

Langkow had long, painful trip back to conference finals - Coyotes vs Kings - 2012 Stanley Cup Conference Finals
Langkow's last trip was in 2000 with the Flyers.

News From Around the Hockey World

2012 NHL Playoffs: Rangers Advance To Eastern Conference Finals To Face The New Jersey Devils - Blueshirt Banter
2012 NHL Playoffs: Rangers Advance To Eastern Conference Finals To Face The New Jersey Devils

NHL announces dates, starts times, national TV coverage for Conference Finals - Stanley Cup Playoffs
The full list of start dates and times has been announced for the Conference Finals.

Adventures in plagiarism: Local paper rips off blog, thinks it did nothing wrong - Broad Street Hockey
Did a Philadelphia paper plagiarize a translation done by Puck Daddy? BSH thinks so and based on this article I'm inclined to believe them.

Self-defense against an unnecessary rant - Broad Street Hockey
Randy Miller went on a twitter rant attacking Travis Hughes. Travis defends himself against the idiot's attack, which makes for an interesting read.

The Final Howl

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